Sat 17
1st XV
52
-
13
League
Gordon League
L Hemming (2), P Willetts (2), R Pinkney, L May, J Preece, A Mathers
Tries
L Hemming (5), C Anderson
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Cents reclaim second place in the League with disjointed win against stuggling Gordon League

Cents reclaim second place in the League with disjointed win against stuggling Gordon League

By Stan Fritchley
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Cents claim win after poor opening quarter of an hour start.


Cents recliamed second spot in the Western Counties with a disjointed display against a League side who were determined to put up a good show in this local derby game.
For the first 15 mins or so the League were leading 0-6 against a Cents side who were missing that spark that was needed to follow on from last week's big win against Stroud.Cents knew that they would be in for a harder match against the League because they had beaten Stroud two week's previously and had had a good win against Barton Hill last week.Also local pride was at stake and this spurs teams on to try harder.
However, once Rob Pinkey had made the first of his many searing breaks during the match,to set up the first try Cents had the match won by half time with the bonus point also secured.
In a twenty five minute passage of play Cents ran in six unanswered tries through Liam Hemming(2),Capt Pete Willetts(2),Rob Pinkney and Lewis May.Liam Hemming Converted 5 of the tries for an half score of 40-6 to Cents.
Once Cents had woken up,the League had no answer to the pace and support play of the home side and it looked as though Cents would kick on to a big score in the second half.
However it was not to be and with the League tightening their defence and the home side squandering many scoring opportunities there was not much added to the score board.Gordon League scored the first try of the second half and this was converted and was deserved for the way they came out fighting at the start of the second half.Cents again recovered from the shock start to the second half and responded with tries from Alex Mathers and Joe Preece.One of the tries was converted by Craig Anderson and the score was 52-13 to Cents with about twenty minutes still to play.
Cents could not manage any further scores because the League to their credit took the match to their hosts with some strong defence although stretched on numerous ocassions.
With this latest victory Cents regained second spot in the league from Matson but will have to up their game for next week's visit to Barton Hill who will provide a stiff test for Cents.
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Match details

Match date

Sat 17, Mar 2012

Kickoff

14:30

Meet time

13:30

Competition

Tribute Western Counties North
Rob Pinkney

Player of the match

Rob Pinkney